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|Farbenmix: WILLEMIENTJE (WILLEMIENTJE) - Type:Kids(boys & girls)|
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For DM, I chose to make a new version of Willemientje, this one without an underskirt. Only the bodice is lined. Contrary to what I usually do, I didnít understitch the lining, because Iíd rather like the purple peeking out. No change compared to the last one or to the instructions, except I used a size 128 in width and length, reinforced the godet points with silk organza, used a 22cm-zipper instead of a 40cm- as prescribed, and decided to use a feature of my sewing machine for the first time: the scalloped hem (this is the best detail shot of the fabric). Iím really happy with how that came out, with the beginning/end almost invisible, and the cream-colored bobbin thread. I thought this version would sew much faster but some details did eat up some time nevertheless, mostly cutting away the sequins on the seam lines and cutting away the extra fabric on the 3.5 meters (!) of hem after the machine was done with the scalloped hem. My wrist hurt, I tell you. I also finished all the seams with one the overcast stitches of my machine and then cut away the excess fabric, I wouldnít want DM to have bits of cord thread sticking to her tights when she wears this. But it was all worth it:
Happy camper twirling
This is part of my entry in the Sewing for Children Contest.
Blog post is here
The unique twirly dress is guaranteed to become a favorite!
Airy breezy dresses are very popular in the Netherlands. Girls are allowed to be girls and wear special clothes in everyday life. They look nice and casual, they can dance through the day!
Your influence the look of the dress by the choice of materials:
- poplin in "used" look will make an everyday dress
- corduroy would fall beautifully
- soft velvet paired with colorful tights fit together happily
- fine velvet would yield a unique Christmas dress
- an airy light colored cotton dress would dance around in the summer
- panne velvet wouldn't need to be ironed
- in delicate white fabrics like silk, taffeta or batiste, the dress would be is a beautiful communion or flower girl dress
Willemientje can be sewn with or without hem ruffles, in single or double layer and the length is to modify as desired. So the pattern can be is either a party dress or an everyday dress.
The dress closes with a zipper in the back.
White is almost ad hard to photograph as black so don't hesitate to click on the details links!
86/92, 98/104, 110/116, 122/128, 134/140, 146/152
I made a 110/116 in length and 122/128 in width.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Very much so, without the ruffles.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
If you've made lined dress before, you don't really need them.
The instructions that come with the pattern are without pictures and even to me, who understand German, not so easy to understand. But there's also the instructions with pictures online, that I found very useful for setting in the gores.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This looked so twirly, I was sure it'd be a hit with DD. And sure enough, can you tell by the following pics that she feels like a princess?
Fitting pic 1
Fitting pic 2
Fitting pic 3
Fitting pic 4
The fabric for the "overdress" is a cotton with flowers in relief.
The bodice is lined with cotton. The underskirt is a mix of silk, microfibers and lurex.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Left out the ruffles. I don't exclude adding them til December, though...
Embellishment stitch on the bodice.
I used a centered zipper instead of an invisible, mostly because I grabbed the wrong zipper in the shop and didn't have time to go back and exchange it before the contest deadline. I decided to make the best of my mistake and used contrasting thread to sew around it.
Next time I should think about reinforcing the top of the godets with interfacing or organza.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might try it in another fabric. I do recommend it.
We are invited to two weddings in the next months and considering having DD christened by the end of the year. All parties would take place under tropical climate so this is ideal. And otherwise I have to mention that the pattern actually comes with a bolero that I chose not to make.
I think DD looks like bride in this dress, without taking away from the "little girl" character. All she'd miss is something borrowed.
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